Bryce Harper mirrored Mike Trout in hitting a career milestone as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 3-2.
When two-time American League MVP Trout hit his 150th career home run on May 28, 2016, he was exactly 24 years and 295 days old. Nationals outfielder Harper, who was the 2015 National League MVP, hit the 150th homer of his career on Monday — at the age of 24 years and 295 days.
Harper's homer came in the fourth inning on Monday, which just happened to be Trout's 26th birthday.
To celebrate his birthday, Trout reached a milestone of his own with a fourth-inning double against the Baltimore Orioles to give him 1,000 hits for his career. He came back in the sixth with a game-tying solo home run.
Harper and Trout will always be linked as two of the best-hitting outfielders of their generation, but Monday's quirky coincidence took their career parallels to a whole new level.
Harper was not the only one to go yard at Nationals Park. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit his fourth home run in as many games to give him 37 homers on the year, tying a career high for Stanton, who struck the same number in 2012 and 2014. Stanton is on pace for 54 home runs on the season.
Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 3-2 Miami Marlins
Cincinnati Reds 11-3 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 5-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 3-11 St Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels 2-6 Baltimore Orioles
San Francisco Giants 3-5 Chicago Cubs
VOTTO GIVES REDS RESPITE
Joey Votto hit his 30th home run of the season to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-0 lead over the San Diego Padres.
It was the 251st home run of Votto's career and number 136 for him at Great American Ball Park as he passed former team-mate Jay Bruce for the most hit by one player at the stadium, which opened in 2003.
Cincinnati won 11-3 as Votto finished the night two for three with a walk and three RBI. The Reds, however, remain in last place in the National League Central, with a 46-66 record.
KENNEDY CRUNCHED IN ST LOUIS
Kansas City Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy was roughed up by the St Louis Cardinals, who finally got to .500 with their third consecutive win. Kennedy allowed seven runs, six earned, off six hits and four walks over six innings in the 11-3 loss.
However, the Royals still hold second spot in the American League Central with a 57-54 record, three games adrift of the Cleveland Indians.
PIRATES STAY IN TOUCH
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings in their 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Williams struck out just five, and walked two, but lowered his ERA to 4.17.
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen continues to have a nice bounce-back year. He's hitting .291 with 22 home runs and can still make stellar plays in the field, like his diving catch in the fifth inning of Monday's win to rob Tigers counterpart Mikie Mahtook of a hit.
The Pirates will need to maintain this form, however, if they are to close the four-and-a-half game gap to the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
IN-FORM WACHA TAKES ON VARGAS IN TUESDAY SHOWDOWN
The Cardinals are still chasing the Milwaukee Brewers and Cubs in the NL Central and the Royals are in the thick of the AL wild-card hunt. The Cardinals will have Michael Wacha (8-4, 3.66 ERA) on the mound on Tuesday. Wacha has a 2.12 ERA over his last eight starts. The Royals will counter with Jason Vargas (13-5, 3.10 ERA), who was an All-Star for the first time this year.
|Celtics forward Hayward expected to be fully cleared by August|
|Nationals acquire closer Herrera from Royals|
|Angels star Ohtani to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks|
|Trotz resigns as Capitals coach after Stanley Cup win|
|Rangers score four runs in ninth to pick up walk-off win over Rockies|
|Astros top Royals, push winning streak to 10|
|LeBron James doesn´t need to chase championships, says O´Neal|
|Brady: The end is coming sooner rather than later|
|Cubs take control early, cruise to win over Cardinals|
|Canadiens acquire Domi from Coyotes for Galchenyuk|
|Royals´ Soler suffers hand fracture|
|NBA to honour Oscar Robertson with Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Steve Kerr’s coolest congratulatory text? Tiger Woods|
|Red Sox hold off Mariners´ magic in 2-1 victory|
|Eagles unveil Super Bowl rings with one perfect touch|
|Raptors hire Nick Nurse as next coach|
|Cowboys´ Martin signs extension to become NFL´s highest-paid guard|
|Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenges loom|
|Capitals´ Orpik lost part of finger in Stanley Cup Final, kept playing|
|Gregorius hits two home runs in Yankees´ victory over Nationals|
|Tigers´ Cabrera out for season with ruptured biceps tendon|
|Rams ordered to pay former NFL running back Bush $12.5m in damages|
|Irving on reuniting with LeBron: We´ll see what management decides|
|Capitals go crazy at Stanley Cup parade|
|Warriors get wild celebrating second straight title at parade|
|Colts QB Luck finally resumes throwing|
|Durant dismisses LeBron to Warriors talk|
|Giants QB Eli Manning: I´ve still got some peak years left|
|Dennis Rodman flies to Singapore for historic Trump-Kim summit|
|Red Sox break scoreless tie in 12th to top Orioles|
|Warriors assistant mystified by West´s comment about team drama|
|Bryant says LeBron has to ´figure out a way´ to win more championships|
|Durant can have ´whatever deal he wants´, say Warriors|
|Jones skipping Falcons´ mandatory minicamp|
|Casey appointed Detroit Pistons coach|
|Kevin Durant: I could retire at 35|
|Kevin Love wants to remain with LeBron James & Cavaliers|
|Mets release first baseman Gonzalez, recall Smith|
|Pirates bats awaken to avoid Cubs sweep|
|Astros score go-ahead run against Rangers on ninth-inning balk|
|Maddon unsure if Darvish will return before All-Star break|
|Rays send Miller to Brewers|
|Wade: LeBron´s decision will be a ´lifestyle thing´|
|What next for LeBron James? 3 perfect fits, 3 teams to avoid|
|Ten way-too-early predictions for the 2018-19 NBA season|
|Seahawks´ Thomas holding out of mandatory minicamp|
|Mets fall to Yankees, losing streak reaches eight|
|Warriors´ Durant discusses narrative he ruined the NBA|
|Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski calls trade rumours ‘fake news’|
|Steve Kerr cannot separate LeBron James and Michael Jordan|
|A Golden (State) era, Warriors reign from deep & the brilliance of LeBron - NBA Finals in numbers|
|Warriors dynasty? Curry just wants to ´keep this thing going´|
|Harden and Durant not safe if LeBron enters free agency - World Peace|
|Kerr contract extension top priority for Warriors after Finals win|
|Lue plans to keep coaching Cavaliers, and hopefully LeBron|
|NBA rivals unable to find antidote to dominant Warriors|
|Yankees win Subway Series opener as Mets´ woes continue|
|LeBron says he played last three Finals games with hand injury, undecided on future|
|Kerr: Warriors´ 2018 NBA title the hardest by far|
|Durant wins second successive NBA Finals MVP|
|Warriors defend NBA title thanks to Cavs sweep|
|LeBron James gets ´MVP´ ovation in likely Cleveland farewell|
|BREAKING NEWS: Warriors win back-to-back NBA titles after sweeping Cavs|
|Blake Griffin was exhausted because Clippers never practiced – Pistons assistant|
|Texans safety Andre Hal diagnosed with Hodgkin´s lymphoma|
|Ohtani elbowed out of action for Angels|
|We´re not inviting the NBA champions - Trump responds to LeBron, Curry|
|Diddy no longer interested in NFL ownership|
|Kevin Durant planning on Warriors stay|
|Dodgers sluggers Pederson, Bellinger starting to heat up|